Hey there! My name is Wendy and I am a high school sewing teacher who has been knitting and sewing for as long as I can remember. In many ways I have my dream job – I get to share my passion for textiles with teenagers and I get paid to do it! I love my job and, like all teachers, I love that every day I get to make a difference to children’s lives.
- It is exhausting
- When I have spent all day demonstrating French seams; untangling jammed bobbins and replacing broken needles, often the last thing I want to do when I get home is get my own sewing machine out. I feel like I have lost my sewing mojo (sew-jo?) and I want it back.
Last week I was lucky enough to take a sewing class with the lovely Gretchen ‘Gertie’ Hirsch at Ray Stitch in London and it has reignited the sewing spark in me. In six short hours of a bodice fitting master class, Gretchen taught me something that I have been ignoring in my sewing practice…. to slow down, stop cutting corners and enjoy the process from start to finish. The result will hopefully be well fitting garments that I can be proud of. A far cry from my previous method of against the clock ‘speed sewing’ and crossing my fingers that the fit is ok.
I feel inspired to keep up this new approach to garment making and to document it in this blog. So… welcome to my blog and come back soon to see some sewing!